Southeast Asia | Leaders warn the murder of a prominent lawyer was designed to strike at the country’s fledgling democracy
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 2/01/17, 11:37 am
Officials in Myanmar are investigating the assassination of high-profile lawyer Ko Ni, longtime adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi and advocate for Muslim religious rights. The politician had just landed at the airport in Yangon, the country’s most populous city, when a gunman broke through the crowd and shot him at close range.
Local police detained one suspect in connection with the murder, but the motive remains shrouded in speculation: Was it a private business dispute, political resentment, or anti-Islamic sentiment?